All are welcome to attend in-person or Zoom services !
Everyone is invited to celebrate Advent and Christmas at Bloor Street United Church!
Whether you attend church once a week, year, or decade, you are welcome with Bloor Street United Church for in-person or online services!
We offer three ways to experience worship at Bloor Street United Church:
1. In person Sunday services begin at 10:30am. Since our building is currently undergoing redevelopment, we are worshiping with our friends at St. Matthew’s United Church at 729 St. Clair Avenue West.
2. Livestreamed services begin at 10:30am (doors open at 10am) on Sunday mornings via Zoomchurch or you can phone in to 647-374-4685 or 647-558-0588, and give meeting ID 361 611 8730, ##.
3. Afterwards you can view edited Sunday services via our YouTube channel. We also email out full services to our mailing list. Message [email protected] if you would like to be added to the list to receive our weekly newsletter.
Masks are appreciated and optional.
What’s Bloor Street all about?
Whether you come to church once a week, once a year, or once a decade, you are welcome at Bloor Street! Part of the United Church of Canada, Bloor Street is a congregation of about 150 people. We are proud to be an Affirming congregation – publicly, intentionally, and explicitly welcoming of 2SLGBTQIA+ folks – since each one of us is seen as a child of God. Our church is located at Spadina and Bloor, near downtown Toronto and U of T. Our building is currently undergoing redevelopment, so for the next 4-ish years we are worshiping with our friends at St. Matt’s at 729 St. Clair Ave West. Our offices and mailing address is 165 Avenue Road, Unit 402, Toronto ON, M54 3S4.
You can expect a friendly and inclusive congregation, thoughtful and relevant preaching, enthusiastic congregational singing, and inspiring choral music that might range from a setting of a plainsong chant to an African American spiritual. You can view past sermons here, and learn more about the United Church of Canada here.
We try to provide an inspiring and visionary centre for worship where we can help each other to discover, develop and nurture our spirit and faith. To do this, our goals are to foster worship which is inspirational through empowering preaching, both traditional and innovative liturgy, music and the arts; worship that is participatory, inclusive and supports all elements of the congregation; and worship that reflects our commitment to a theology which is liberating.
What’s for Kids?
In the Fall, we will be offering a fuller faith formation program for children at St. Matthew’s and Bloor Street. Using curriculum provided by the GO Project, we will offer a Church School program on Sunday mornings as well as a monthly Messy Church program on Friday nights. This will enhance the bi-weekly Zoom Sunday School already offered by Bob Hilliard and the play-based care that has been available on Sunday mornings, provided by Laureen Nabiryo.
A small Children’s Ministry Committee is being established with participation from the two congregations. If you would like to help out with that or by teaching on Sunday mornings, please be in touch with Betsy Anderson ([email protected]) or Bob Hilliard ([email protected]).
Zoom Sunday School: Every two weeks on Zoom before the Sunday service, children are invited to attend “church school” / Sunday School! Church school teachers Bob and Melissa provide fun and engaging activities based on a United Church of Canada curriculum, for developing their Christian beliefs. Each week there is an opening prayer, we light our Christ candle, check-in with one another, share a story or video, discuss what we learned, and end with an activity or game! Content changes each time and is related to the life and work of Jesus or the week’s Lectionary passages. You can learn more about the next session here.
What’s for Youth?
Every month, teens and young adults from St. Matt’s Bloor Street meet with Rev. Brigid-Maya to talk and ask questions about different topics: faith, prayer, Jesus, etc. We sometimes watch a YouTube video to start off the conversation, and also do hands-on activities like making crepes.